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Velvet Was the Night
By (author): Silvia Moreno-Garcia
9780593356821 Hardcover English General/trade Aug 17, 2021
$37.00 CAD
Forthcoming 6.36 x 9.54 x 0.99 in | 1.12 lb 304 pages Del Rey
FICTION / Historical / General
From the New York Times bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a riveting noir about a daydreaming secretary, a lonesome gangster, and the mystery of the missing woman that brings them together.

1970s Mexico City. Maite is a secretary who lives for one thing: the latest issue of Secret Romance. While student protests and political unrest consume the city, Maite escapes into stories of passion and danger.

Her next-door neighbor, Leonora, a beautiful art student, seems to live a life of intrigue and romance that Maite envies. When Leonora disappears under suspicious circumstances, Maite finds herself searching for the missing woman—and journeying deeper into Leonora’s secret life of student radicals and dissidents.

Meanwhile, someone else is also looking for Leonora at the behest of his boss, a shadowy figure who commands goon squads dedicated to squashing political activists. Elvis is an eccentric gangster who longs to escape his own life: He loathes violence and loves old movies and rock ’n’ roll. But as Elvis searches for the missing woman, he comes to observe Maite from a distance—and grows more and more obsessed with this woman who shares his love of music, and the unspoken loneliness of his heart.

Now as Maite and Elvis come closer to discovering the secrets behind Leonora’s disappearance, they can no longer escape the danger that threatens to consume their lives, with hitmen, government agents, and Russian spies aiming to protect Leonora’s secrets—at gunpoint.

Story Locale: Mexico City, 1970s

TV NEWS FOR MEXICAN GOTHIC: Hulu developing limited series, from Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelo’s Milojo Productions and ABC Signature, announced by Deadline 8/11/20 (bit.ly/2PFqPd4)

MEXICAN GOTHIC IS A HIT: Spending nine weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and selling over 175,000 copies across formats, the book is the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Best Horror and has been named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, NPR, The Washington Post, and more.

A THRILLING NOVEL SET IN A DISTINCTIVE HISTORICAL PERIOD IN MEXICO: Gods of Jade and Shadow featured Mayan gods in 1920s Jazz Age Mexico City; Mexican Gothic featured Gothic ghosts in 1950s rural Mexico. Now, Velvet Was the Night is a stylish noir about crime, passion, and murder set against the backdrop of protest and political drama in 1970s Mexico.

NEW NOVELS ON THE WAY: The Daughter of Dr. Moreau (Fall 2022), Del Rey’s fourth Moreno-Garcia novel, will be a reimagining of The Island of Dr. Moreau set in the volatile Yucatan of the 1800s, to be followed by a fifth novel in Fall 2023.

MORENO-GARCIA IS A MASTER: An author who can bring a unique and masterful spin to any genre, Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s talent transcends the confines of category—and the success of Mexican Gothic shows that the core of the appeal is in her original style, worldview, and sensibility.

AUTHENTIC VOICE FOR THE #OWNVOICES ERA: As a woman of color writing across genres, Moreno-Garcia offers readers a chance to see themselves in these stories—and introduces elements of history and culture that will be new to many.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed speculative novels Mexican Gothic, Gods of Jade and Shadow, Signal to Noise, Certain Dark Things, and The Beautiful Ones; and the crime novel Untamed Shore. She has edited several anthologies, including the World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows (aka Cthulhu’s Daughters). She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Author Residence: Vancouver, British Columbia

Author Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

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Velvet Was the Night is a delicious, twisted treat for lovers of noir. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is a masterful writer who pulls you into her dark world and never lets you go. From the suspenseful, slow-burn plot to the crisp, desperate characters, you will be obsessed.”—Simone St. James, New York Times bestselling author of The Sun Down Motel

Velvet Was the Night is a rollicking work of historical noir with a vivid sense of time and place and an unforgettable cast. Moreno-Garcia made me care deeply about her characters and their dangerous, riveting misadventures. This is a stylish hard-boiled novel painted in shades of gray with a whole lot of heart.”—Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay

“Silvia Moreno-Garcia takes you into the gritty underworld noir of 1970s Mexico City with a propulsive read where no one and nothing is as it seems.”—Isabella Maldonado, bestselling author of The Cipher

Velvet Was the Night cements Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s incredible versatility as an amazing writer who moves effortlessly between genres. It’s a lush, magnificent trip into a world of danger and discovery—not to be missed!”—S. A. Cosby, author of Blacktop Wasteland and Razorblade Tears

“This seductive neo-noir thriller from bestseller Moreno-Garcia (Mexican Gothic) draws on the real-life efforts of the Mexican government to suppress political dissent in the 1970s…. A rich novel with an engrossing plot, distinctive characters, and a pleasing touch of romance. Readers won’t be able to put it down.”Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

“It’s hard to describe how much fun this novel is—Moreno-Garcia, whose Mexican Gothic (2020) gripped readers last year, proves to be just as good at noir as she is at horror. The novel features memorable characters, taut pacing, an intricate plot, and antiheroes you can’t help but root for. A noir masterpiece.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Moreno-Garcia keeps the suspense high and the action intense, all while sharing a bit of 1970s Mexican history in this perfectly pitched novel. Fans of Moreno-Garcia’s other novels will relish this title, as will noir aficionados and readers who like stories about everymen and ‑women rising to the occasion.”Library Journal (starred review)

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